The Subsidy for Salvadoran Exports

The possible elimination of the 6% subsidy on exports has led the Corporation of Salvadoran Exporters to discuss other options.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

The benefit received by the export sector from the government is 6% of the value of non-traditional exports outside Central America and it will expire in December. For the Salvadoran government, this subsidy represents a disbursement of $23 million.

According to, Silvia Cuéllar, executive director of the Corporation of Salvadoran Exporters (COEXPORT), said: "We are constructing (the outline). Our position is to maintain the 6% subsidy, but if the idea is to dismantle the proposal, we must seek other support that can compensate for the loss, and everything will depend on each particular export feature. I cannot give you an outline for the entire world."

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